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Avian influenza emergency order in Maryland in effect this whole year

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Staff Writer | July 12, 2016
The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent High Path Avian Influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks.
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Bird flu   The quarantine is in effect from July 1, 2016
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These measures are in response to the continuing threat of an outbreak. The quarantine orders require all hatching eggs and poultry entering the state to be tested within 10 days or come from certified clean sources. Poultry markets must maintain records of all birds sold or purchased.

The quarantine orders also, all commercial poultry farms must meet basic biosecurity and sanitation practices. Farms must have restricted access using a “Restricted Access” sign, gate or both.

Entry and exits to poultry growing areas must utilize footbaths, mats, boot washing stations, foot covers OR footwear change to prevent movement of contaminants into or out of the area.

Feed must be covered and secured to prevent wild birds, rodents or other animals from accessing feed.

Poultry carcasses, used litter, or other disease containing organic materials must be covered and contained in a way to prevent animal access or movement of materials by wind.

Poultry exhibitions–including those with waterfowl– will now be allowed, but all poultry must be tested within 10 days of entry to an exhibition or originate from a certified clean flock.

Poultry auctions are not currently impacted by the Order because Maryland Department of Agriculture Animal Health officials are onsite at all auctions, examining and testing birds. However, if High Path Avian Influenza is suspected in the region, poultry auctions, markets, and exhibitions will be closed down.

This quarantine is in effect from July 1, 2016 until at least December 31, 2016.

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